Eaton Hamilton lived in Ontario, St. Louis, Phoenix, NYC, Alberta,
outside Nelson, BC and on Saltspring Island before settling with
Joy Masuhara, and their two daughters, Sarah and Meghann Hamilton,
She is the author of six books nominated for many awards, including
most recent, Hunger, a book of short fiction nominated for
the Ferro-Grumley Award in the USA. Her poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction
have won a wide variety of awards including twice the first prize in the Prism
International Short Story Contest, the Canadian Poetry Chapbook Award, the Belles
Lettres Essay Award and the Yellow Silk award in the US, and, in 2003, first prize
in the prestigious CBC Canadian Literary Awards.
Her writing has appeared widely, including in Seventeen magazine
and the New York Times. Her writing recently appeared in the anthologies The Spirit
of Writing (Penguin, Canada, ed: Mark Robert Waldman) and The Writers Presence
4e. (Bedford/St. Martins, ed: Robert Atwan). It has been cited as distinguished
in the Pushcart Prize awards and Best American Short Stories. It has appeared
in Canadas Best Canadian Short Fiction and
in Canadas Journey Prize anthology.
Jane runs an active photojournalistic wedding and portrait studio,
finds time for fine art projects and extensive travel shooting.
vibrantly saturated images and working to portray movement. Still
photographs, she says, like the still surface of a pond,
like an unfurling
petal. Still photography, but never dull. Janes flower
appearing in the one-women show A Hundred Petals Humming at Phoenix
Perennials in Richmond, BC, on May 15th. As well, her photographs of Bali will
be shown in Jakarta, Indonesia, early in 2006.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is a community activist who, with her wife
and several other couples across Canada, took the federal government to court
to fight for same-sex marriage rights. Their case wound up as a reference question
at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004, and marriage rights have been granted
across most of Canada. Jane and Joy wed in 2003.
For recreation, Jane Eaton Hamilton sketches and takes ballroom
lessons. She is also a Master Gardener and writes The
Adequate Gardener column for yougrowgirl.com.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is a fine and accomplished writer.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is a superb writer. Those who know her
deem her to be among the brightest lights on the Canadian literary landscape.
Those who do not know this ought to read and judge for themselves. I wholeheartedly
recommend her work. --Joy Kogawa
Past WIPI Member